WWE fans worldwide are upset with the direction of the company. At no point in the history of sports entertainment have fans been so vocal about their displeasure. Social media gives those fans a platform to manifest their anger, and followers of the WWE are witnesses to the anger directed towards the company.
WWE fans have always been seen as an emotional and passionate group, so it is no surprise that they have no problem letting the company know how they feel when things aren’t going their way.
Most of that anger comes from the WWE’s decision to keep Daniel Bryan‘s career at a standstill while superstars like Randy Orton, John Cena and Batista take up most of the spotlight. The fans want and demand that their hero Bryan is crowned the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Bryan’s fans have hijacked WWE programming with huge cheers in hopes of drowning out his wrongdoers and the superstars who they deem as undeserving.
The fans chant “Yes!” when they know it will irk the company’s big shots like Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who have taken most of the blame for holding Bryan back from rising in the ranks of the company. The WWE has done their best to use the controversy as fuel for their programming, but the fans have only grown more angry and restless.
Things reached a boiling point when Batista won the Royal Rumble, earning himself a spot to compete for the title at Wrestlemania XXX.
Of course, the fans thought that he took the honors away from Bryan, who they believe should have the honor of headlining the biggest show of the year. The conflict between the fans and company is unnecessary, but they refused to patient. There was a time when they had no choice but to take what the company gave them. Now, due to social media outlets, the fans are bolder and more demanding than the fans of the Attitude Era were.
The solution to this problem is for the fans to be patient with the WWE just as they have always been. What they fail to realize is not everyone wants to see Bryan in the spotlight, even though a lot of fans do. The WWE is a business, and they will always do what is best for the company.
Crowning Bryan as champion will not increase sales, nor will it change the future of wrestling. All it will do is make the fans happy temporarily until they find the next thing to complain about. What started as a whisper spread like a deadly virus. Bryan’s mistreatment became another social media trend, and it caught the attention of fans worldwide. Like all trends, it will pass and things will go back to the way they were.
The WWE will eventually give Bryan a run as WWE champion. I am sure that was always their plan, but it was to be done on their time, not when their customers demand it. I just hope the WWE Universe does not think this trend will continue and that they will be able to dictate whom the company crowns as champion. That would inevitably be a horrible business decision.
They should give Bryan’s fans what they want for now, and let them be happy that their prayers have finally been answered. After his time is up, the company will be able to move on. There will once again be room for other wrestlers to get the attention they deserve, and fans will show appreciation for former superstars when they make their return to the ring.
There will be a new trend going around the WWE. Let us just hope that it isn’t fueled by angry, misguided fans that are fighting against their own love for pro wrestling.